CNS reports on a theft at a Pakistani parish in Karachi. Sound system, chalices, and other liturgical items are now being borrowed from neighboring parishes.
It brings to mind a challenge I’ve found common in the parishes I’ve served. Lots of churches have extra vestments, old liturgical items, and other things that might be in decent shape. Or not so decent shape. Sit in the purple chair and do some early Spring cleaning. How would you dispose of these extra items? How do you handle gifts no longer used? Are you aware of various organizations that collect church things and distribute them to parishes in need.
I remember we had a horrific set of polyester chasubles at one parish I served. Maybe a dozen of them. Made my skin crawl just to look at them. (I’m allergic to polyester.) One school teacher took a few to use as costuming for school plays and musicals. My art/environment team didn’t want to cannibalize them for table covers or things like that. I shipped them off to a mission in the northern plains, but I felt badly about what we were sending.
If anybody reading has suggestions for a donation chain on unused liturgical objects, let us know in the combox, ok? If you can’t add links, just send them to my e-mail and I’ll update this post accordingly.